Sigma Chi International Fraternity officials learned on Jan. 13 that its chapters, members, friends and non-member students at its host institution campuses contributed $2,333,232.44 to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) during the 2021 calendar year.
More than 14,000 unique donors contributed to the effort that began Jan. 1, 2021, and concluded on Dec. 31, 2021, involving Sigma Chi chapters’ signature Derby Days philanthropic events and other fundraising efforts. Since Aug. 1, 2021, the Fraternity has contributed $606,318 toward its goal of donating $2.5 million to HCF during the 2021 to 2022 academic year.
The $2.3 million raised in 2021 goes toward a $20 million pledge that Sigma Chi made to HCF on June 28, 2019, during the 82nd Grand Chapter to support the construction of the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancer at the Huntsman Cancer Institute located in Salt Lake City. The pledge is the largest commitment to a charitable organization in men’s fraternity history.
“I am so proud of the men in our undergraduate chapters and the students at our host institutions for their work to support the Huntsman Cancer Foundation last year,” says 72nd Grand Consul (international president) Tim Sanderson, WESTERN 1985. “The results of their efforts, during another year filled with uncertainty, underscores Sigma Chi’s commitment to supporting the Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s mission and our goal to be the generation to end cancer.”
Order of Constantine Sig and Alumnus Member at-Large Representative to the Fraternity’s Executive Committee Dan Shaver, TEXAS TECH 1993, agrees. “Year after year, I am continually impressed by our chapters’ passion for fighting cancer. The growth I have observed in Sigma Chi’s partnership with Huntsman since it began is incredible. Our partnership is a unique one in the Greek-letter world, and an association of which of our members should be proud,” says Shaver, who served as chairman of the International Fraternity’s philanthropy committee from 2013 to 2021.
The International Fraternity named the Huntsman Cancer Foundation its sole preferred philanthropic partner in 2012 and has contributed more than $14.3 million to HCF since 2005.
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 236 universities and colleges and more than 355,000 all-time members. Sigma Chi provides a welcoming environment for young men of different temperaments, talents and convictions to enjoy a unique lifelong bond that extends far beyond college. Through world-class leadership training, extensive mentoring programs and a strong focus on academic achievement, Sigma Chi sets itself apart as the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization, challenging members to live by its core values and exemplify Character-in-Action™ in every aspect of their lives and the lives of others.